Health Desk- 22 June, 2020: Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) has accused the health ministry of reluctance to ensuring safety and security of doctors at workplace during coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter to Health Minister Zahid Maleque, BMA also mentioned that doctors were mostly infected with the virus because of "substandard protective gears, ICUs and lack of training".
Around 3,500 healthcare staffers, including 1,100 doctors, have so far been infected with Covid-19. At least 44 doctors and nurses and eight other healthcare staffers died of the virus, according to BMA.
"The ministry cannot avoid liability for such a national loss," members of BMA said in the letter which was sent to the minister on Saturday.
In the letter, BMA also demanded for a separate hospital dedicated to the healthcare professionals within 72 hours. "Unless your (Zahid Maleque) ministry will be liable for any situation," they warned.
The association of medical professionals also blamed the health ministry and DGHS for their "irresponsiveness, reluctance, lack of farsightedness and coordination" in tackling the Covid-19 outbreak.
"Infection and death of the doctors in such rate were not seen in any other country to date," read the letter signed by BMA President Dr Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin and Secretary Ehteshamul Huq Choudhury.